Alberta Marriage Commissioner - Don Seel

New love is the brightest, and long love is the greatest, but revived love is the tenderest thing known on earth. - Thomas Hardy

Special Ceremonies

Many couples want to make their wedding ceremony unique. Here are some ideas you might find helpful in planning your special day:

The Unity Candle. The brief ceremony involves the lighting of two candles, usually by the bride and groom or with the help of members of the two families. Once the candles are lit, they symbolize the uniting of both families.

The Sand Ceremony. Two containers of colored sand (different for each container) are poured into one, larger container. When it's done, usually by the bride and groom, the final ressult is the coming together of the bride and groom as one. Just like the grains of sand are now inseparable, so are the bride and groom.

The Memorial Candle. Some couples like to honour the memory of a departed relative, by lighting a special candle prior to the ceremony. The candle is prominently displayed throughout the ceremony for all to see.

The Rose Ceremony. The Bride and Groom exchange a single rose each, as a symbol of their love for each other and to commemorate the first gift to each other as man and wife.

Breaking the Glass. The groom wraps a glass in a cloth, then steps on the glass and breaks it, representing the permanence and frailty of a marriage.